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   My main interest is human psychospiritual development and shamanism.  I continue to study and learn about the nature of the human mind-body based on recent scientific research, and continue with advanced training in shamanic healing (healing based on traditions of indiginous cultures).
   I use the   Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) because of its very high rate of effectiveness when applied properly.  I also practice more traditional hypnotherapy and shamanic healing, which are closely related.
   I received my PhD from UC Berkeley in 1980 and was subsequently a professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Utah and the State University of NY at Albany for many years.  In addition to teaching, I supervised M.S. and Ph.D. students, as well as publishing over 60 scientific articles.
   In 1986, I experienced a depressive episode that seemed to be triggered by life events.  This condition propelled me on a long journey of discovery and much emotional work and healing.
   A number of years ago, out of curiosity, I took a workshop at the Omega Institute in upstate NY called "The Way of the Shaman" taught by Sandra Ingerman.  That opened up a whole new way of experiencing and viewing life, and I eventually took advanced training with Michael Harner and Alberto Villoldo.  At one of the shamanic trainings I met a hypnotherapist who pointed out similarities between the "shamanic state of consciousness" and trances induced with hypnosis.  Eventually I decided to leave academics and pursue training in hypnotherapy at HCH, an institute for hypnotherapy and psycho-spritual training in Lafayette, CA, where I now teach and have a private practice. 
   While an intern at HCH, I observed dramatic results with clients using the emotional freedom technique (EFT) and decided to obtain an advanced certificate of completion in EFT (EFT-ADV).  
   I have incorporated many aspects of a new therapy approach in England called "Human Givens ".  Their working model exlains how depression, trauma, and addiction occur and how they can be rapidly and effectively treated.  Hypnotherapy is front and center in the Human Givens approach since changes are most effectively made in a state that accesses the REM (dream) state.  Human Givens has a highly effective treatment for trauma and phobia called the "rewind technique".  I teach this technique, along with EFT, in workshops and as part of the hypnotherapy training at HCH in Lafayette.  
   I particularly enjoy teaching workshops , some of which offer continuing education credit for nurses or theapists.   
   I have also enjoyed living in community at the Omega Institute (NY) and Esalen Institute (CA).